At Randolph Electric, we believe there is no more important investment than in our state’s youth. That’s why for more than 20 years, the electric co-ops of North Carolina have offered Bright Ideas education grants to Tar Heel teachers in K-12 classrooms across the state.

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, electric cooperatives have provided grants for more than 2.5 million students who have participated in 13,500 Bright Ideas projects. NC electric cooperatives have distributed more than $14 million.

Randolph EMC has participated in Bright Ideas grants since the grant's inception in 1994. Through 2023, REMC has invested over $300,000 in grants within our five-county service area.

Proposals can come from any area of the curriculum. Projects must directly benefit students, provide ongoing benefits and use innovative teaching methods. Submissions must also align with REMC's core values.

To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the implementation, goals, creative elements, evaluation of the project and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process that focuses on innovation and creativity. The application and grant-writing tips can be found at

It pays to apply early for a Bright Ideas education grant! Teachers who submit their grant applications by the August 15 early bird deadline will be entered into a statewide drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards. Winners are announced in late fall of each year.

You can learn more about the 2023 winners here, and teachers can apply for grants at this website.

    Bright Ideas Winners